I'll be wearing this as mother of the bride next May. It is a perfect mix of very elegant and very comfortable. I love the symmetrical treatment of the lace skirt esp with the flair bottom, the subtle sparkle at the waist band and the flattering bodice with which I don't need to be strapless. It is long in the bodice for me, but that's not a difficult alteration. I LOVE the white underlay with the navy lace, it just "springs" the dress up. Just be aware...Tadashi runs 2 sizes big... I bought a 4 and usually wear an 8, maybe a 6. I knew this from trying on her dresses at the department stores.